Former AlphaTauri team boss Franz Tost is in talks with Red Bull about a possible role within their racing teams, and has shared his insights on recognizing natural talent in F1 drivers, citing Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel as examples of hardworking champions who spent significant time with their engineers to improve their performance.
‣ Franz Tost, the former AlphaTauri team boss, is in talks with Red Bull about a potential role within the company’s racing teams.
‣ Tost has had a long-standing career with Red Bull’s training team and has seen some of the best F1 drivers, including Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel, up close.
‣ According to Tost, top drivers not only excel on the track but also spend hours with their engineers to set up the car in the best possible way.
‣ Tost believes that champions like Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen all have in common the fact that they spend most of their time on the track with their engineers and data.
Franz Tost? Yeah, he’s kickin’ back in retirement. Or so it seems. The Austrian might not be as idle as we think. He’s not exactly hiding behind the geraniums, you know. Word on the street is that the ex-AlphaTauri chief is set to have a chinwag with Red Bull on the 15th of January. The topic? A potential role within the racing teams of the beverage giant. Until then, he’s got time to chat with the press, like Bild, for instance.
Tost’s career? It’s been a long one with Red Bull’s training team. He’s seen some of the greatest F1 drivers, up close and personal. Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel, for example, both started at Toro Rosso (as it was known back then) and went on to become F1 world champions. Tost admits he can’t always spot a future champ from the get-go, but he’s got a keen eye for natural talent.
He elaborates, “You’ve got to look at their driving skills, their speed handling. Take Michael [Schumacher], for instance. Even his first lap in an F1 car was a breeze. Same goes for his brother, Ralf. And let’s not forget Max Verstappen.” Tost recalls Verstappen’s first few meters at Suzuka when he was just 17. “Even with the massive 6G braking, the kid didn’t flinch.”
Tost: A Witness to Champions in the Making
Tost’s talent-spotting isn’t limited to the track. He can spot a top driver off it too. The real deal? They’re the ones spending hours with their engineers, tweaking their cars to perfection. Michael Schumacher was one such driver. “But there’s also Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, and Pierre Gasly. They’re all grafters. Michael and his ilk always knew how to step up their game and pinpoint their teammate’s weak spots.”
Champions, according to Tost, are always on the grind. They’re constantly on the track, working with their engineers and data. “That’s the common thread between Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen,” Tost concludes.